Medical Tourism and Inequity in India - Book Launch

Medical Tourism in India was launched on 24 June by Professor Fiona Stanley AC, FAA, FASSA, a distinguished Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne with special guests Professor Marcia Langton AM, Dr Vanessa Russ, and A/Prof Hans Baer.

In Medical Tourism and Inequity in India, Kristen Smith (CHE, MSPGH) explores Indian private hospitals and their role in the global healthcare service supply chain within various religious, social, cultural, historical, and economic contexts.  Drawing on critical medical anthropology theories and health and human rights perspectives, Smith problematizes the assumed independence between the medical tourism industry, the commodification of the Indian healthcare system, and the local populations facing critical health issues, while highlighting the rapid transformation of healthcare services into merely another global commodity.

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